Across the United States we struggle heavily with fatal motor vehicle accidents. It’s a fighting cause everyday even with specific rules set in place to abide by to keep the roadway safe and secure for every driver. Although sets of rules are in place such as specific speed limits, hazard signs and other roadway warnings, fatalities still occur.
On Feb. 20th, 2015 D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood in the heart of Union Station promising citizens that she will lead the country into the future with zero percent of accident fatalities by the year 2024. Since then the number of traffic fatalities has not slowed down, but increased putting that goal of zero deaths out of reach. Even big cities such as Los Angeles, Washington, and New York all struggle with higher traffic fatalities, even with a goal of a vision zero.
The U.S. Highway Safety Association issued a report last month that estimated about 6,000 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roadways last year which was a 50 percent increase from 2009. Overall for the consecutive year U.S. road deaths topped at 40,000 deaths last year according to the National Safety Council. Mayor Bowser who promised safer roadways has not yet commented on the fatalities.
Something should be set and place and done to somehow make our roadways safer. A high contributing factor to all these deal with speeding, drinking, and distracted driving. The government states they enforce rules to put us closer to zero percent deaths, but at the same time the number of deaths is increasing. If the government was truly doing something, I feel that the numbers would not increase, but would drastically decrease showing a difference.
Tips For Safer Driving
- Drive within posted speed limits
- Focus on the road, not other things (texting, loud music, alcohol)
- Keep a 3 second window while following behind another driver
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Watch out for pedestrians
You should always be safe while driving at all times. Driving is a responsibility, not a privilege. However if you or a loved one was injured or killed in an automobile accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.